Between Eight Words

Don’t ask. Don’t tell.

Please ask. Please tell.

The multitude of stories
that live between
eight words.

Not just the one story,
but all the secrets,
unimaginable truths
that go begging
for release
left in silence.

Numbed by alcohol.
Coated in sugar.
Veiled by drugs.

Waiting for a whisper,
the opening:

Please ask. Please tell.